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Catherine House: 'It's almost impossible not to be seduced' Louise O'Neill

Elisabeth Thomas

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'A deliciously sinister novel that bristles with an unsettling glamour. It's almost impossible not to be seduced by Elisabeth Thomas's beautiful writing and the intoxicating world she has created' Louise O'Neill

'Deliciously sinister . . . it's almost impossible not to be seduced' Louise O'Neill
During your three years at Catherine House, you will have no contact with those in the outside world.

You will not leave the grounds during your time at the college.

If we believe you have wandered from the path of learning, you may be sent to the tower.

Each of our students has been selected as someone who belongs here at Catherine. You will give to Catherine, and Catherine will give to you. We will not let each other down.

Catherine House is a university like no other. Into its celebrated world steps Ines, a young woman who welcomes the school's isolation rather than its illustrious past. As the gates close and Ines finds herself start to be inevitably seduced by its magnetic power, she also begins to realise the question isn't why she chose to come to Catherine House; but why Catherine House chose her.

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Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step' Washington Post

'Echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go' Daily Mail

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Praise for Catherine House: 'It's almost impossible not to be seduced' Louise O'Neill

  • 'Catherine House is a deliciously sinister novel that bristles with an unsettling glamour. It's almost impossible not to be seduced by Elisabeth Thomas's beautiful writing and the intoxicating world she has created' - Louise O'Neill

  • [A] delicious literary gothic debut - New York Times

  • Gothic horror provides the architecture for an arrestingly strange melange of speculative fiction and teen trauma in this atmospheric debut novel . . . nibbling menace spurs the plot onwards - Observer

  • Spellbinding... Surreal imagery, spare characterization, and artful, hypnotic prose lend Thomas's tale a delirious air, but at the book's core lies a profound portrait of depression and adolescent turmoil. Fans of Donna Tartt's The Secret History will devour this philosophical fever dream - Publishers Weekly

  • Echoes of Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go contribute an intriguing undercurrent to this unsettling gothic concoction - Daily Mail

  • This has to be one of the most gripping books I've read this year... The read feels claustrophobic, decadent, extreme and sad in equal measure, and I was amazed by the plot - Woman's Way

  • Moody and evocative as a fever dream, CATHERINE HOUSE is the sort of book that wraps itself around your brain, drawing you closer with each hypnotic step - Washington Post

  • A brilliantly observed tale brimming with subtle malevolence. An atmospheric, hypnotic delight

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